| Jun 8, 2008
Minders of Make-Believe
Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
Leonard S. Marcus
Houghton Mifflin: 402 pp., $28
It seems a long way from the 1689 (or so) publication of the first American children's book, which...
| Feb 24, 2008
Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop
This central Arizona fest, now in its 14th year, has a roster of 130 films and includes appearances by Helen Hunt, who makes her directorial debut with "Then She Found Me"; actor Diane Ladd; director...
| Jul 26, 2008
An adult narrator recalls a long-ago visit to his grandfather's seaside arcade -- for him, not a Proustian amble down memory lane but a frantic dash through a no man's land where monsters lurk.
Rogue Artists Ensemble's "The Tragical Comedy or Comical...
| Sep 14, 2008
Old Town San Diego Art Festival
When, where: Sept. 20 and 21, Old Town San Diego
Highlights: More than 150 international artists converge on historic San Diego Avenue while potential patrons view their works, sip wine and groove to live Latin...
| Sep 5, 2008
Vivacious, exotic and scored to a calypso-reggae beat, "Once on This Island" is a Caribbean cruise of a musical that offers audiences an abundance of pleasantly superficial diversions and sunny ports of call.
That Reprise Theatre Company's revival often...
| Aug 10, 2008
Here's what's playing on Broadway through the end of August. Note that although some of these shows' official opening dates aren't until September or later, preview performances are offered.
-- Avital Binshtock
"A Chorus Line": This lively exploration...
| Sep 5, 2009
One had to relive eighth grade. Another grew a beard so long and unruly it became more famous than its wearer. Yet another got to meet Richard Simmons on a cruise ship and was ranted at by a whole raft of motivational speakers.
They're not professional...
| Aug 23, 2009
A hungry Fox spotted some grapes dangling plump and ripe from a vine overhead. Though he stood on his hind legs and stretched forth his long muzzle, he still could not reach them. As he slunk away he was heard to remark: 'Those grapes are probably sour...
| Aug 23, 2009
The Real Wizard of Oz
The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum
Gotham Books: 416 pp., $28
In contrast to the rambling text that follows, the title of this biography couldn't be more cogent. L. Frank Baum, inventor of the magical Land of...
| Dec 13, 2009
The Complete Fairy Tales
Translated from the French
by Christopher Betts
Oxford University Press: 256 pp., $29.95
There's no reliable way to score the game, but it's at least arguable that the European fairy tale has been the...
| Jul 4, 2010
I'm standing on a slice of paradise in Crete. The sun is burning down out of a blue sky, the sandy beach beneath my feet is stretching to crystal-clear sea, but terror is numbing my senses. Kayak instructor Russ is explaining that we're going to capsize...